Responding promptly to a distress call from the KWS Salaita platoon, a specialized veterinary unit rushed to the aid of an injured Elephant bull discovered limping near the roadside.
The mission, executed with precision and care, focused on addressing a significant spear wound on the right forelimb near the elbow joint.
Utilizing a Dan inject® dart rifle for foot darting, the veterinary team efficiently administered immobilization medication.
Within 8 minutes, the Elephant was immobilized and gently lowered to sternal recumbency, ensuring a safe position for the necessary medical intervention.
Upon close examination, the team identified a deep spear wound with oozing pus and noticeable swelling of the joint.
Acting swiftly, the wound was meticulously cleaned using a mixture of water and hydrogen peroxide. Necrotic tissues and pus were carefully removed to facilitate proper healing.
The wound received a generous application of tincture of iodine, a vital step in preventing infection and promoting recovery.
To enhance the Elephant’s recovery, green clay was applied to cover the wound, providing a protective layer and aiding in the healing process.
Additionally, intravenous administration of dexamethasone Hcl through the ear vein addressed inflammation, ensuring the overall well-being of the Elephant.
As the procedure concluded, the anesthesia was safely reversed through the administration of diprenorphine, allowing the Elephant to regain consciousness and resume normal activities.
This intervention exemplifies the unwavering commitment of the KWS veterinary team to safeguard the well-being of Kenya’s majestic wildlife.
The collaborative efforts between wildlife conservation teams and veterinary experts are instrumental in mitigating the impact of human-wildlife conflicts and ensuring the continued health of Kenya’s diverse and magnificent wildlife population.
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